3rd Generation Porsche Cayenne breezes through over 2.7M miles of testing

Article by Christian A., on August 22, 2017

The newest Porsche Cayenne is scheduled be unwrapped by the end of the month after completing endurance tests worth 2.7 million miles. Since we are just a few weeks away from the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, automakers have been releasing teasers of their IAA-bound vehicles. And for Porsche, it is the 2018 Cayenne, or the third-generation model that was first introduced in 2002. Since the Cayenne was first introduced to the public, the company had delivered over 760,000 units already, this tells us how important this model is for the company’s lineup.

Even before it makes its official debut on August 29, the 2018 Cayenne is already making a lot of noise, with a number of images as well as videos with some interesting content - the fact that it had to endure a series of tests. Overall, pre-production models and prototypes of the SUV went through a total of 4.4 million kilometers (2.7M miles) during test drives in various weather conditions, where temperature ranged from -45 to 50 degrees Celsius (-49 to 122 Fahrenheit). These prototypes also went through virtual simulations and real world testing, which is often the final examination that Porsche does.

Other that those tests, Porsche even gave the 2018 Cayenne extreme tests that are beyond real-life experiences, to really ensure a high level of quality for the production model. By driving across country roads, motorways and city streets, prototypes have covered up to 240,000 kilometers (149,130 miles).

Initially, the 2018 Cayenne was given a codename “E3”, and we first thought that it may actually be a completely new vehicle. The E3 was brought to several countries like Alaska, Death Valley, Dubai, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand, Japan, South America and many more to do tests. Apart from being driven on country roads, it had to go on several tracks too including Italy’s high-speed Nardo circuit, the Hockenheimring in Germany, and of course, the Nordschleife.

Overall, the 2018 Cayenne will be losing a lot of weight. It will be based on the MLB platform like the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga and the VW Touareg exclusive to European countries only. It will have an output that is close to 700 horsepower too. The third generation will have an evolutionary exterior design, while the cabin will remind anyone of a Panamera.

Next week, the Porsche Cayenne will make its online debut before it heads to the Frankfurt Motor Show in September for thousands more to see. It is scheduled to go on sale in Europe before 2018, and is set to arrive sometime during the first half next year in the United States.

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Hot and cold: Global endurance test for the new Cayenne

The third generation of the Porsche Cayenne is in the starting blocks. The new edition of this successful model, which has achieved more than 760,000 sales since 2002, has undergone a complex and challenging series of examinations. Taking place across the globe and under extreme conditions, the tests ensure that the SUV meets the highest quality requirements set by Porsche. In conditions ranging from minus 45 degrees to plus 50 degrees, the prototypes and pre-series vehicles complete a total of around 4.4 million test kilometres.

Porsche is celebrating the world première of the new Cayenne on August 29, 2017. The vehicle is a complete redevelopment. The drive and chassis as well as the display and control concept have been redesigned to further increase the spread between sportiness and comfort. The main objective of the elaborate testing process is to achieve a perfect balance between the many components, some of which were developed especially for the Cayenne. For the new Cayenne generation – referred to as E3 within Porsche – this process began as far back as 2014 with the unit carriers and has continued to this day with prototypes and pre-series vehicles. In addition to increasingly accurate virtual simulations, testing under real-life conditions is still highly valued at Porsche and represents the final examination for every new model produced by the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer.

The full vehicle test is implemented to harmonise the interaction of all individual components and to test operational stability and functionality in customer-oriented operation. The aim is always to meet the highest quality demands at Porsche. Specifically, this process includes tough endurance tests on Hydropuls units, a hydraulic testing facility that applies artificial vibrations to both the chassis and body. The range of tests also covers realistic operational stability tests on and offroad at the Porsche test site based at the Weissach development centre or endurance tests inside and outside the test site. A vehicle life is simulated under conditions that are so tough, they are unlikely to ever occur once the vehicle is owned by the customer. Under everyday conditions in urban traffic, on country roads and on the motorways, the vehicles cover up to 240,000 km within a few months in shifts.

To simulate extreme stresses, the prototypes of the new Cayenne are being tested all around the world, including on race tracks traditionally used by Porsche to test all its models: In Germany, the Hockenheimring and the especially challenging Nürburgring-Nordschleife are used. In Italy, the test cars are put through their paces in continuous operation on the 12.6-km high-speed track at Nardò. The materials, sensors and electronics have to prove their quality and durability in different climate conditions – at up to plus 50 degrees Celsius in the sand dunes of Dubai (UAE) and on dusty slopes in Death Valley (USA) as well as at up to minus 45 degrees Celsius on ice and snow in Alaska (USA). The third generation of the Cayenne also had to endure the stop-start traffic in the hot and humid conditions of Chinese cities, master test tracks in Sweden, Finland and Spain, and was transported to South Africa, Japan and New Zealand to complete extensive on and offroad testing.

Source: Porsche

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